Praised as a “go to attorney for bet-the-company commercial litigation” by Chambers USA, Chad Colton has an outstanding record of courtroom victories. He has taken 24 cases to trial across the country—from Portland, to Atlanta, to Los Angeles—making him one of the most experienced commercial trial lawyers of his tenure. Clients and market sources reported to Chambers that Chad is a “great communicator and strategist” who is “incredibly bright.”
Chad serves as lead trial counsel in complex, high-stakes business and technology litigation. He has represented a wide range of clients—both as plaintiffs and defendants—including Fortune 500 companies, startups, and entrepreneurs. While he often handles high-profile litigation, many clients call on him to resolve sensitive shareholder and partnership disputes for closely-held and family-owned businesses.
In the tech industry, Chad litigates trade secret and intellectual property cases involving software, e-commerce, and other innovations. He previously served as the chair of the Oregon State Bar Technology Law Section and leads the firm’s Software and Technology Litigation Group.
Chad’s trial work includes jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations in cases involving trade secrets, business torts, contracts, intellectual property, non-competition agreements, and fiduciary duty. His experience and enthusiasm for trying cases often leads to settlement from a position of strength. Some of his representative cases include:
In addition to his litigation practice, Chad spends extensive time serving his community. He is currently a member of the board of directors for The Classroom Law Project, which provides civics education and mock trial programs to students. Chad is fluent in Spanish and serves as the chair of the board for Quechua Benefit, a non-profit that runs a school and creates health initiatives for children in the Peruvian highlands. He also serves as a board member and the president of Up & Out, which provides housing and living services for adults with developmental disabilities.
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